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Chess Week on Twitter

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Saturday, 22 December 2012
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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

Russian Rapid Grand Prix final will be a knock-out event featuring 16 GMs, starting on Dec. 23rd

End of the world was delayed

World Mind Games have taken place in Bejing

Christmas Puzzler from Chess.com

Good luck!

Was 2012 a good year for your chess-wise?

25 cities are participating; Paris is the top seed

After 5 years the chess legends are leading 3-2 over the ladies

Quote of the week


A LOTR fan's delight


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Sport Accord World Mind Games

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The World Mind Sport Games have been taking place since 2008 in five disciplines - chess, checkers, go, bridge and Chinese chess. This year's edition was held in Bejing, China. Many of the world's top players decided to take part in rapid, blitz and blindfold chess competitions. Here are the tournament results:

Rapid chess, men


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The results of the rapid competition were sensational indeed - very few people expected Laurent Fressinet to win, while the reigning World Rapid Chess Champion Sergey Karjakin and such elite GMs as Levon Aronian and Vassily Ivanchuk finished close to the end of the tournament standings.

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Rapid chess, women

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The rapid women's event was hard-fought and went to Kateryna Lahno, who had a better tie-break score than Hou Yifan, Koneru Humpy and Anna Muzychuk. The World Women's Rapid Chess Champion Antoaneta Stefanova finished 7th.

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Blitz chess, men


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Sergey Karjakin won the blitz section convincingly with a 1.5 point lead over Hikaru Nakamura, who, in his own turn, managed to score 2 points more than the players who shared 3-5 places. World Blitz Chess Champion Alexander Grischuk was placed 7th.

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Blitz chess, women

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Ex-Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is known for her remarkable blitz skills. She won the competition ahead of Anna Muzychuk (who had the same number of points and a worse tie-break score).

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Blinfold chess, men
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Levon Aronian finally broke his string of upsetting performances and won the blindfold division. The main disappointment was Alexander Morozevich's result. After all, he is known as one of the best blindfold chess players in history.

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Blindfold chess, women
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The youngest Women's World Chess Champion (and already a former one) Hou Yifan achieved a great result in blindfold chess - 6/7. Her only loss came to Viktoria Cmilyte, who got silver. Anna Zatonskih finished at clear third.

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

A few of the games have been played in a rapid chess event, hence the large rating gaps.

Top-10 upsets:

Vasquez Garrido (1458) - Sandoval Lopez (2172), 714 points (new record!)
Male (2119) - Rublevsky (2688), 1-0, 569 points
Gosciniak (2099) - Nyzhnyk (2637), 1-0, 538 points
Khamidov (2095) - Miton (2626), 1-0, 531 points
Goh (1794) - Medina (2313), 1-0, 519 points
Lim (1863) - De Ramos (2362), 1-0, 499 points
Sandoval (1485) - Pabol Sarmiento (1952), 1-0, 467 points
Minina (2057) - Bryzgalin (2485), 1-0, 428 points
Trubchaninov (1939) - Rozhko (2359), 1-0, 420 points
Pushkov (2404) - Sunzhukhanov (1986), 0-1, 418 points

Average gap: 510 points (new record!); White won 9 games, Black won 1 game

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Oldhands defeated Snowdrops: 17-15

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As usual, the Snowdrops vs. Oldhands match took part in the Czech Republic, this time in Podebrady. This was the 5th match of this kind, and previously the score was equal: 2 matches ended in the favor of the veterans and 2 went to girls.

At first it seemed like the ladies will triumph again: they crushed their opponents 3.5-0.5 in the first round and won 2.5-1.5 in the second round. However, the chess legends decided not to give up that easily: they managed to equalize the score after round 7 and came on top in the decisive round 3-1! Overall, the Oldhands have scored 17 points and the Snowdrops - 15.

Individual results:

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Oleg Romanishin (2530) - 4.5/8
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Vlastimil Hort (2455) - 4.5
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Fridrik Olafsson (2419) - 4
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Wolfgang Uhlmann (2319) - 4

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Tania Sachdev (2400) - 6/8
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Valentina Gunina (2517) - 3.5
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Alina Kashlinskaya (2344) - 3.5
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Kristyna Havlikova (2310) - 2

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

How does it feel to be 2861?

ICC sessions are paying off

Congratulations to Vishy Anand on his recent birthday and one more award

Nakamura and Hou Yifan are leading the WSMG after Day I

Will the veterans be able to catch up with the ladies?

Strong body, strong mind

Famous Russian hospitality: a GM from Poland won the Russian Cup

Always worth watching live or in replay

A fantastic line-up coming up

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Endgame Tactics

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Magnus Carlsen on beating Garry Kasparov's record

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

This week is special: a club player rated 1922 defeated a GM (2559 ELO) with White. Isn't it inspiring for the underdogs?

Top-10 upsets:

Benjamin (2559) - Liang (1922), 0-1, 637 points (new record!) - update: the game was actually drawn according to the tournament website
Toth (2473) - Kovacs (1990), 0-1, 483 points
Sonnis (1660) - Varnam (2140), 1-0, 480 points
Josse (2142) - Baterdene (1673), 0-1, 469 points
Liang (1922) - Kaufman (2382), 1-0, 460 points
Chikkala (1783) - Langer (2219), 1-0, 436 points
Nguyen Thi Hanh (1884) - Nguyen Thi Thanh An (2318), 1-0, 434 points
Azarov (2658) - Defibaugh (2263), 0-1, 395 points
Makhnyov (1937) - Temirov (2309), 1-0, 372 points
Zupancic (1924) - Roskar (2284), 1-0, 360 points

Average gap: 453 points (new record!); White won 6 games, Black won 4 games

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Magnus Carlsen Won London Chess Classic & Broke Kasparov's Record

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The world's highest-rated male and female players - Magnus Carlsen and Judit Polgar

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Magnus Carlsen has won London Classic undefeated and with a remarkable performance - 18/24 (football scoring system). Notably, he broke Garry Kasparovs record (2851 in year 1999) and now has an empyreal live rating of 2861.


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Vladimir Kramnik (16/24) has also enjoyed being undefeated and scored really well (+4). Especially interesting was his game against Gawain Jones, in which he employed the double fianchetto variation a rare guest at the elite level. Vlady is now #2 on the live rating list with 2809 his all-time high previously achieved in 2002.

Michael Adams is clearly underrated (according to Vladimir Kramnik). He won bronze and reestablished himself as the #1 in Great Britain. The US #1 Hikaru Nakamura finished on par with him  (13/24) and earned a few rating points along the way.

The reigning World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand is still performing disappointingly (9/24), 50%. The way he blundered a simple mate against Michael Adams is a sign that something is wrong with his play.

Levon Aronian was obviously in a bad form at London (8/24). Even more shocking, he managed to save a few terrible positions, but still scored poorly and fell to #3 on the live rating list.


Apart from the game against Luke McShane the event didnt go too well for Judith Polgar (6/24), but it is always a pleasure to see the chess Amazon playing chess.

Luke McShane (5/24) probably collapsed under the burden of high expectations of the public being the #1-rated British grandmaster and a person who has defeated quite a few of the worlds top players, he was supposed to achieve something spectacular in London. Alas, it didnt happen, but at least he won one game (against Gawain Jones).

The reigning British Champion and rating outsider of the tournament Gawain Jones has scored rather miserably (3/24), but was complimented for showing a fighting spirit as opposed to trying to make as many draws as possible.

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Sunday Puzzle-28

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The Pig and the Bird


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Porky the pig was enjoying a nap when a bird accidentally flew into him. Can you add one triangle to the picture to show the bird battered and bruised?


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